NRA Watch Recaps the NRA on Trial in New York

The NRA is facing a lawsuit brought by the State of New York which centers on blockbuster allegations by New York Attorney General Letitia James that NRA leaders, including CEO Wayne LaPierre, improperly diverted millions of dollars from the non-profit to benefit NRA executives. See NRA Watch’s daily dispatches from the trial courtroom in Attorney General of The State of New York v. NRA.

NRA 2023 Budget Analysis

Leaked 2022 NRA Financial Documents Show the NRA, in the Face of Declining Membership and Revenues and Expanding Legal Spending, Continues with Optimistic Budget Projections

Leaked documents paint yet another dire picture of NRA finances marred by decreasing membership revenues and expanding legal fees. Despite these realities, the NRA has apparently failed to budget appropriately, missing its revenue projections by double digits. The figures presented for the 2023 budget raise questions about whether that overly optimistic budgeting is continuing this year.

Broken & Bankrupt: the NRA in 2021

2021 has been a disaster for the NRA, and Wayne LaPierre in particular. From their travels through the court system to answer for its various misdeeds, to the lurid details of mismanagement and incompetence coming out of those court cases, to a diminished balance sheet, to the various forms of extremism it has embraced, to its waning influence in American politics, the past year at the NRA is one Wayne LaPierre and NRA leaders would like you to forget.

NRA Bankruptcy Dismissed After Trial

NRA on Trial: Wayne’s Kingdom of Orange Jumpsuits, Golden Parachutes, and Management by Chaos

The NRA viewed bankruptcy as a proverbial get-out-of-jail-free card that would solve all its political, financial, and legal troubles. Instead, the bankruptcy process and the recent trial testimony have irreparably damaged the NRA.

Recent Filings

New York Attorney General Investigation
May 24, 2024

Filing Summary Following a multiyear investigation and a six-week long trial, former NRA Chief Financial Officer Woody Phillips and the New York Attorney General reached a settlement agreement on May 24, 2024. Details of the settlement have not been made public.

DC Attorney General Investigation
April 17, 2024

Filing Summary On April 17, 2024, the NRA and DC AG reached a settlement in this case. The Settlement Agreement includes provisions that the NRA Foundation will establish a new conflicts of interest policy, form an audit committee and work with an external auditor, and adopt new policies governing grant making, among other injunctive relief. […]

New York Attorney General Investigation
February 28, 2024

Filing Summary In the fall of 2020, Wayne LaPierre wrote to Carolyn Meadows, Charles Cotton, and Willes Lee in order to inform them that he intended “to pay one-time ‘retention bonuses’ in January 2021” to seven employees, with bonuses ranging from $25,000 to $250,000. These employees were: Craig Spray, John Frazer, Andrew Arulanandam, Joe DeBergalis, […]